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The treasures of the Vatican museums may be open to the general public, but there are areas that fewer people see. The Archivum Secretum Apostolicum V...

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The awe-inspiring Vatican Museums represent one of the largest and most visited museum complexes in the world. Discover the incredible Rapha...

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The invaluable masterpieces of the Vatican Museums represent an unmissable treasure. Being one of the most famous and visited attractions in...

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Enter the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the general public and enjoy Michelangelo’s masterpieces in peace, before embarking on a thoroug...

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The best time to see the Vatican is before the crowds descend. This express, early-morning ticket gives you access 15 minutes before any oth...

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£ 55
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Note: this tour is available on various days and times of the year based on the language selected. Please check the availability on the cale...

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£ 57
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The Vatican can be bewildering to the first-time visitor. That’s why this tour offers you an expert guide who’ll introduce you to the major ...

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See the Vatican Museums in a new light, a pleasing low light as you enter after regular closing time on this Vatican night tour. For short p...

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£ 88
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Enjoy a professional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. With this tour, you'll have priority a...

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£ 80
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This is the tour for people who want to see everything and get the total Vatican experience. With an expert guide, you’ll spend three hours ...

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This combo tour takes you to Rome's two most important attractions, the Vatican and the Colosseum, in a single day, including visits to Vati...

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£ 104
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See the Vatican as it should be seen: without the crowds and with an expert local guide. This early-morning tour gives you time and space to...

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£ 53
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Breeze past the long queues in St Peter’s square and go straight into the Vatican for a day of art appreciation. An assistant at the entranc...

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Good to know

It's among the top ten most-visited museums in the world, so expect huge queues especially from mid-March to early November. Book your tickets in advance.
Allow for more time than you think and wear comfortable shoes. This is one of the biggest museums in the world with 54 galleries and around 7km of art.
The collection is said to have started from one marble sculpture, ‘Laocoön and His Sons', acquired by Pope Julius II in 1506. Since then Popes have spent centuries collecting some of the most impressive art works in the world.
It's closed every Sunday except the last one of the month when it's free (9am to 2pm). But don't get too excited, because this is also when it's at its busiest.
It has a secret papal escape route that goes from the Vatican City to the Castel Sant'Angelo. Dating back to 850 it's been used by two popes escaping invading troops.
Dress appropriately if you want to get in. This means covering shoulders, midriff, chest and legs down to the knees.
Save time by not carrying any large objects (backpacks, umbrellas, tripods etc) that will have to be checked in.

The inside story

The treasures of the Vatican museums may be open to the general public, but there are areas that fewer people see. The Archivum Secretum Apostolicum Vaticanum is an archive of important documents covering twelve centuries of church history . . . and perhaps a few secrets.

Here you’ll find Pope Leo X’s 1521 decree excommunicating Martin Luther, and a petition from English clergymen in 1530 asking Pope Clement VII to annul King Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon. There’s also the official doctrine of the Immaculate Conception as defined by the Church in 1854, supporting the notion that Mary was conceived without original sin.

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